Judah ben Moses Romano

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Judah ben Moses Romano[1] (born c. 1293, died after 1330[2]) was an Italian Jewish philosopher and translator of the thirteen and fourteenth centuries. He was a cousin of Immanuel of Rome.

He was a significant early translator of works of scholastic philosophy from Latin into Hebrew. He was the first Hebrew translator of Thomas Aquinas;[3] he also translated Albertus Magnus, Giles of Rome, Alexander of Alessandri, Domenicus Gundissalinus and Angelo of Camerino.[4]

He translated sections of the Divine Comedy of Dante,[5] and gave public readings of it.[6] He was employed by Robert of Naples,[7] along with Immanuel and Kalonymos.


  1. ^ Judah ben Moses of Rome, Yehuda Romano, Leone Romano.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-02-05. Retrieved 2007-01-29. , the Jewish Encyclopedia gives 1286 as date of birth [1].
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-06-13. Retrieved 2007-08-10. 
  4. ^ Daniel H. Frank and Oliver Leaman, History of Jewish Philosophy (1997), pp. 299, 352.
  5. ^ Jewish Language Research Website: Judeo-Italian
  6. ^ Umberto Eco, Serendipities (English translation 1999), p. 64.
  7. ^ Chapters On Jewish Literature - Chapter XVIII. Italian Jewish Poetry (by Israel Abrahams)

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